Holabird's March 7-11 Wigwam Auction will celebrate America's Great Basin Native American heritage
A five-day Wigwam Auction – a celebration of the country's Great Basin Native American heritage, highlighted by the Moe and Mary Royels Great Basin Wigwam Collection – will be held Thursday to Monday, March 7th -11th, in Reno, Nevada.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections
Start times all five days will be 8 am PST. A two-day office preview will be held March 5th and 6th, from 9-5 (or by appointment)
The Wigwam Collection is a fantastic array of Native American collectibles, art and artifacts. A number of items (mainly dresses) were made especially for Mary Royels, plus a few for Moe, by local Paiute friends. The collections include baby baskets, beaded baskets, art depicting early man in the Great Basin by William Moore, stone artifacts, moccasins and stone projectile points.
Two other important collections round out this large Native American offering: a wonderful collection of choice Native American art and a massive collection of vintage Native American postcards, so large it will be spread out over one or two more Holabird auctions (in May and possibly July). In all, the March 7-11 Wigwam Auction will comprise around 3,000 choice lots.
Day 1, on Thursday, March 7th, will feature rare vintage bottles (165 lots); saloon items (9 lots); cowboy collectibles (34 lots); firearms and weaponry (26 lots); gaming collectibles (10 lots); and numismatic items, to include books, checks, coins, dies, ephemera, medals, "so-called" dollars, tokens and more. Over 500 lots – a full auction by itself – will cross the auction block on Day 1.
Day 1 highlights will include a very rare Elko, Nevada Coca-Cola bottle from 1923 (est. $3,000-$3,500);
Day 2, on Friday. March 8th, will be packed with 550 lots of Americana, to include advertising and apparel, art, books and directories, calendars, the entertainment industry, Gold Rush, postal history, military, political, military, Wells Fargo & Express, silverware, flatware, non-mining stock certificates, toys and World's Fair. Also sold will be bargains, dealer specials and foreign.
Day 2 highlights will include two historic and valuable Reyes Family land grant plat maps for the first adobe houses in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., from 1888 (est. $4,000-$8,000);
Other Day 2 feature lots will include an electromechanical early Western Union signal device, for connecting a place of business with a Western Union dispatch center (est. $250-$400); a Meiggs Wharf Company (San Francisco, Calif.) unissued stock certificate from 1874 (est. $300-$800); and a stock certificate (5 shares) for the famous 1876 Centennial Expo (est. $800-$2,000)
Day 3, Saturday, March 9th, will contain Part 1 of the Native Americana, to include artwork, apparel, gloves, moccasins, accessories, jewelry, trade beads, artifacts, pipes, dies and baby baskets – 522 lots in all. Also sold that day will be 52 lots of artwork, for a total of 604 lots.
Day 3 highlights will include a vivid original acrylic painting by Jerry Whitehead, titled We Are Close, a wonderful example of the artist's unique style and his signature focus on powwows and powwow dancers (est. $10,000-$12,000);
Other Day 3 top lots will include a lithograph showing two Native Americans riding toward a large and colorful rainbow, titled Along the Rainbow Trail, by the noted artist Earl Bliss (est. $2,200-$3,200);
Day 4, on Sunday, March 10th, will feature Part 2 of the Native Americana, to include pottery, baskets, dolls, books, photographs, postcards, rugs and weavings, ephemera and collectibles. Also offered will be transportation (244 lots) and railroadiana (184 lots) – 301 total Day 4 lots.
Day 4 highlights will include a large and historic Yokuts woven fish trap, found near the San Joaquin River (Nev.), circa 1920-21 (est. $2,000-$3,000);
Day 5, on Monday, March 11th, will be dedicated to minerals (13 lots) and mining collectibles (578 lots). The mining portion will contain artifacts and assay, books, explosives, maps, mine lighting, signs, spoons, mining stocks, ephemera and collectibles – a dream day for collectors.
Day 5 top lots will include a Standard Signals mining sign, from the districts of Thunder Bay and Rainy River, 13 inches by 20 inches (est. $1,000-$2,000);
To learn more about Holabird Western Americana's March 7th-11th auction, visit fhwac.com.